Summer 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 3/4 FictionJuly 1, 2002 |

Scrupulous Amédée

1. Night Thoughts Clear midnight, calm sea. From his lighthouse on the islet Le Galiton, Amédée Conti sees an Arab crescent among quieter celestial lights. As white, reflections of his propane beacon shimmer on near dark waves. Low to the northeast the dark mass of La Galite, the island that is his home, where now sleep his mother and siblings and friends, and his wife and son and daughter. Each ninety seconds Amédée's beam sweeps around across La Galite, sending gleams that diminish to invisibility but never die, Amédée imagines, east over the longest expanse of water, toward the new Palestinian nation of Israel, past the ghost of the great Egyptian lighthouse, past Libya to the nearest mainland port, Bizerte on the coast of Tunisia that, under several names, has maintained loose control over Amédée islands since before the realm of Carthage. The beam sweeps westward across the shores of Algeria and Morocco, where his father lies buried beside a coastal road, out to

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Author of ten books—including Eelgrass, Resident Aliens, and The Near Future, and the collections The Kentucky Stories, Lithuania: Short Stories, Touch Wood: Short Stories, and All Aboard: Stories—and editor or co-editor of nine others, as well as the New Variorum Othello in progress, of which he is Editor-in-Chief, Joseph A. Porter a.k.a. Joe Ashby Porter studied at Harvard (BA, 1964), Pembroke College Oxford (Fulbright Fellowship, 64-65) and UC Berkeley (PhD, 1972). After teaching full time at U. VA. and part-time at three other institutions, in 1980 he came to Duke, where he is now Professor of English and of Theater Studies. His awards include the NEH Folger Institute Fellowship, two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, and a 2004 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Literature.

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